porters. “We are not apologising for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression,” he added, though he expressed “regret” that “so many people are upset, including millions and millions of our fans.”
The tweet posted on Friday has provoked an international firestorm, with China suspending broadcasts of NBA exhibition matches on its state broadcaster and sponsors cutting ties with the Rockets. China is the NBA’s biggest market outside the United States, and the Rockets are hugely popular there, harking back to their signing of Chinese star Yao Ming, who Silver said was “extremely upset” about Morey’s tweet.
Silver acknowledged that the controversy was having significant consequences — it has largely over